I have a PC and would like for kids to run Android games/edu apps. I have a touchscreen. How hard is it to run ICS inside a VM (VirtualBox or any other VM platform (MS, VMware)

There are answers about older versions of android. but I would like to run ICS.

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    Have you considered blue stacks, which could run Android apps in Windows PC? – Narayanan Oct 4 '12 at 1:40
  • And if you insist on a VM: There always is the Android SDK, which includes an Emulator. – Izzy Oct 4 '12 at 9:55
  • The SDK's own Emulator is slow in its own right - translating from ARM<->x86 etc, might be better to use Android x86 ;) – t0mm13b Oct 4 '12 at 10:35
  • Recent versions of the SDK include a native x86 Android image. (http://developer.android.com/tools/devices/emulator.html)
  • http://android-x86.org offers a 4.0 image that can be run from VirtualBox.
  • http://androvm.org/blog/ offers a Jellybean (4.1) image for VirtualBox.

Note that performance may not be so great.


Something that may be easier to install is Bluestacks. I think it should meet your needs.

Edit: Well... except it is not ICS :P I would then go to SDK emulators...

  • bluestacks has a bug and does not register touches on my touchscreen monitor. – user12363 Oct 10 '12 at 11:40

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